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Boston museum scene full of fun events

May 8, 2014

The city of Boston is ripe with museums focused on everything from nautical history to quirky, contemporary art. Many of these institutions offer senior discounts and an entertaining outlet for continuing education for seniors. They are always hosting traveling exhibits and events. Here are a few happening around town.

The Museum of Science
"Innovation in the Art of Food: Chef Ferran Adrià" is a temporary exhibit for foodies of all ages. The exhibit is described as a multi-sensory look into unusual tastes, textures and methods for food preparation based on the haute cuisine of elBulli. The exclusive restaurant in Barcelona, Spain closed three years ago, but the former head chef Ferran Adrià has brought his expertise to Beantown. Visitors can experience a new understanding of how food is created and consumed through this spring exhibit.

  • Open until May 26
  • 9:00 a.m  49,- 5:00 p.m., Saturday - Thursday
    9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Friday
  • 1 Science Park
    Boston, MA 02114
  • Free with Exhibit Halls admission ($21 for seniors)

The Museum of Fine Arts
The MFA is hosting a Juneteenth event in conjunction with Future Boston Alliance this summer. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. June 19 became African American Emancipation Day in Galveston, Texas, during the summer of 1865, though it's now celebrated across the country. Spend the evening learning the history of African American art through museum tours and gallery talks. Extensive details for this year's event haven't yet been released, but Juneteenth 2013 included a drawing session in one of the galleries. Live, clothed models posed for the novice artists and an instructor helped anyone who was looking for advice.

  • Wednesday, June 18
  • 6:00 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.
  • 465 Huntington Ave
    Boston, MA 02115
  • Free admission

The Institute of Contemporary Art
The ICA is currently showing an exhibit called "Multiple Occupancy: Eleanor Antin's 'Selves.'" This collection will only be on display at the ICA for about two more months. Antin is a conceptual artist who has worked with the mediums of photography, film, performance, video and installation. The Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art have had solo exhibitions of Antin's work, but this is the first time her "selves" are the focal point of an exhibit. The collection shows works that she created between 1972 and 1991 based on multiple personas. Antin embodied several roles for the project and arranged other scenes with paper dolls and puppets. 

  • Open until July 6
  • 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
    10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday
  • 100 Northern Ave
    Boston, MA 02210
  • $13 admission for seniors